I keep seeing pictures of these gorgeous quilts around the interwebs that are hand-quilted with colorful, chunky stitches ... and I think I might cave and try it myself on my next project. I have been a hand-quilter from the get-go, so, in other words, I've made ten total quilts in my illustrious seven-year hobby/career history (four of which were crib-sized). I love the hand-quilting process and the final result of those teeny tiny stitches, but it would be fun to do the hand-quilting and turn out more than one quilt per year. Plus, the effect is eye-catching and really modern - I love it!
Check out Crystal's Sonnet of the Moon Blog for more inspiration (the quilt above is her gorgeous creation), and Anna Maria Horner has a very thorough (and breathtakingly beautiful) tutorial for doing chunky hand-quilting on her blog:
Joe the Quilter (AKA Joe Cunningham) is another quilter I've admired from a distance for some time now because of his refreshing approach to hand-quilting, which is very similar to the two examples above. Here's Joe's chunky stitching:
"Tired of the fussiness of hand quilting? Looking for a fun way to make your quilts stand out? This class will introduce you to the needles, quilts and threads for big stitch quilting."
He gives his workshops all over the country, but he's based in my new hometown of San Francisco - hopefully I'll get to attend a workshop someday and see Joe's creative works in-person. Here's a list of Joe's workshops and the calendar for when he's teaching what.
How about you? Do you like the tiny stitches like our talented Amish friends or the chunky brand of hand-quilting?